31 Days – Ornaments {Day 24}

I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here

On day 15 of this series I posted about some creative ways to decorate glass ornaments, like the ribbon and wrapping paper ornaments that I made on day 5. Today I’m sharing other ornaments that are a little more diverse – no glass globes here! :-)

Sometimes it’s the sentimental but not very traditional items that can be the most special. One of my best friends got married close to Christmas several years ago and I have a jingle bell favor from her wedding that always hangs on the tree  -

Jingle Bell Ornament - MrsBomb.com

After I studied Matthew 16:19 with a Bible study at church, I bought skeleton keys at Michael’s and spray painted them white to make ornaments to remind me of that verse and our study.

Key Ornament - MrsBomb.com

I love the idea of having pictures on the tree! Matt and I received a picture ornament last year to remember our first Christmas as a married couple! :-) Martha Stewart suggests using cookie cutters to make ornaments backed with photos or patterned paper. I don’t have extra cookie cutters lying around, but I guess the domestic diva does!

Martha Stewart Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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Martha Stewart also has a tutorial for a super-cute button wreath -

Martha Stewart - Button Wreath

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Isn’t this punched tin ornament from The Thinking Closet gorgeous? The can has a hole drilled in the bottom so that a Christmas light can rest in the bottom and shine through the holes.

Thinking Closet - Punched Tin Ornament

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Simpler but still beautiful is this ornament from Fun in the Making. Both this ornament and the one above would be inexpensive to make because besides the tin can or tin top, the only other supplies are a hammer, nails, and the ribbon or string to hang the ornaments.

Fun in the Making - Punched Tin Ornaments

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One of my favorite non-traditional ornaments is a simple pinecone. Better Homes and Gardens made a pinecone ornament with a ribbon tie and spray snow -

Better Homes and Gardens - Pinecone Ornament

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Instead of spray snow, you could use mod-podge and epsom salts like Domestically Speaking. And I love how the ladies at Shanty 2 Chic made their pinecone ornament – they attached a bead to the top to thread the ribbon/twine through! Genius!

Shanty 2 Chic - Pinecone Ornaments

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 Purl Bee has a great tutorial on making felt snowball ornaments- aren’t they elegant? I haven’t tried these yet but I definitely want to this year!

Purl Bee - Felt Snow Ball Ornaments

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 A few years ago I made yarn pom-poms into flowers inspired by this -

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But I never would have thought to turn yarn pom poms into ornaments like Inspirations by D did; don’t you just want to squish them? They’re so cute!

Inspirations by D - DIY Pom Pom Ornament

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Did any of you make cinnamon ornaments when you were a kid? I don’t remember making them but my Mom has had some for as long as I can remember; the boxes where she keeps her ornaments always smell like cinnamon. I followed the recipe from Martha Stewart and made some last year from cinnamon, applesauce, and craft glue. They’re not the most elegant or beautiful ornaments, but I think that they’re sweet and I love how they smell.

Cinnamon Ornament - MrsBomb.com

 

These paper ornaments are so pretty and sound pretty easy to make. I love that you could make them from pretty paper, old book pages, or sheet music.

Houzz - Paper Ornament

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 Mandi from Christmas Your Way made fantastic colorful paper ornaments -

Christmas Your Way - Paper Ornaments

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KikiComin has great printable ornaments! That’s right – printable! You can print them on straight onto thick cardstock or onto regular paper and then attach them to a heavier material before you hang them on the tree!

KikiComin - Printable Ornaments

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 I mentioned it when I posted about printables, but Clean and Scentsible has a great idea for chalkboard ornaments; if you’re nervous about lettering, you could mod-podge your favorite Christmas printable to the wooden tags instead!

Clean and Scentisble - Chalkboard Ornaments

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Last but not least, some of the most classic DIY ornaments are salt dough ornaments. Better Homes and Gardens posted the recipe and it only contains salt, flour, and water! How easy is that? Once you’ve made the dough, you can roll it out and cut whatever shapes you’d like. After baking, you can decorate the ornaments and hang them on the tree! Home Made Simple has some great ideas for how to decorate the salt dough ornaments -

Home Made Simple- Salt Dough Ornaments

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When I was making my salt dough ornaments last year, I made few Christmas trees -

Salt Dough Ornaments - MrsBomb.com

I also made a set of hearts to mark our first Christmas as a married couple. I know it’s cheesy but I like them.

Salt Dough Ornaments - MrsBomb.com

You can put a baby’s handprint in the salt dough to make a beautiful keepsake ornament. This tutorial is actually for using clay, but I would think you could try it with salt dough.

The Mom Creative - Handprint Ornament

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You could also make an ornament with your favorite four-legged friend’s paw print! I did this last year with Trixie’s paw print and I had trouble getting it to come out right, but I did get one that could hang on the tree. I couldn’t get a good picture of mine, so I’ll just share the one from this tutorial; it uses a corn starch and baking soda dough to make the ornaments. Have any of you tried this? How does it compare to the salt dough ornaments?

Full of Great Ideas - Paw print ornament

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I wanted to show y’all some of the beautiful ornaments that I’ve stumbled upon to remind you that there is no one right way to decorate for Christmas. You just have to focus on what is most meaningful and special to you. If you want to make some handmade ornaments, you have plenty of easy, inexpensive, and beautiful options! But if you don’t want to, forget about it and do what you would enjoy more! :-)

Have any of you made any ornaments like these? Do you have a favorite ornament? Is it a traditional glass globe ornament or something a bit more out of the ordinary? :-)

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